But the biggest difference between the new one-ton and the current generation is the way it drives. Four months into… One of the things that's been the biggest surprise about the Ram is that it's very easy to live with. The four wheel drive system used a knob; options were rear wheel drive, 4x4 lock in high and low gear modes, and neutral, engaged with a pushbutton. There are amenities more suitable for driving, including the rubberized sunglass holder on top of the center stack, the huge glove compartments — two of them — and map pockets on every door. The torque made itself known after a heavy, wet snow that filled the bed to within a few inches of the top; when we drove the truck around with that heavy load of frozen water, the suspension was more nicely damped, the rear tires had a much firmer grip on the road, but there was no perceptible difference in acceleration.
You can get quite a bit of acceleration without ever moving near the peak horsepower. Extensive use of large, curved chrome bezels brings everything upscale, including the rounded chrome bevels surround the six analog gauges for towing or obsessive owners, the built in information center provides these temperatures and the transmission temperature in degrees. Steel loops built into the pickup bed were useful for tying down cargo, and extended beyond the Mopar bed liner in our truck. A glossy color quick-start guide in the glove compartment cover most of the basics. On the other hand, the Mega Cab rear seats actually recline 37 degrees. Unfortunately, if you want to leave the system on, say, monitoring transmission temperature, you'll have to put it back there each time you start up.
Pickups relish a tough road and hard work. There is also a Mega Cab again, which has a larger cab but a smaller bed; you can go as small as a regular cab with six and a half foot bed. And due to the extremely electronically controlled nature of these transmissions, the processes involved to build more robust replacement parts has been tedious for the aftermarket manufacturers. The base engine was a slant six pushing out just 100 horsepower, a rating not seen in American trucks for a long time. A tonneau cover may help with highway mileage where possible. The Ram 2500 Laramie certainly delivers in that regard.
The gear shows up in the gauge cluster, in big print. The rear doors opened almost 90 degrees to make access easier; the step certainly helped and several people were surprised by how easy it was to get into the tall 4x4. The backup camera is a must if your going to be hooking to a trailer a lot. We drove a 3500 4x4 with the 6. Otherwise it refuses to go into light load mode, warning you that you have too much air in the tires instead.
The convex portion of the mirror provided a good holistic view of the road, while the oversized flat section provided perspective and a more traditional view. The speedometer and tachometer both seem marketing-oriented, since the redline is below 4,000 rpm and the speedometer really doesn't need to go over 100 mph, even if the truck is capable of that speed. At idle and under acceleration, it makes the clattering, rattling noise associated with diesels. The Cummins is standard on the 3500. This system is easier to use than in the past, because it shows options with a check or no check to show if they are active, letting people quickly page through the options. Pricing subject to change without notice.
And yet, we drove on highways and country roads in Texas for two days while it rained four inches, with nothing in the bed, wipers slapping all day long-without even thinking about it. The standard Hemi is rated at 400 pound-feet of torque, the Cummins, at 650. You can also just plug in a device with the auxiliary cord, though then you can't use the convenient wheel-mounted controls. Extensive work was done on the Ram to increase gas mileage and cut interior noise, and it shows. The trailer brake sits underneath the headlight control, out of the way but not out of sight; it can be ignored when not in use. They all use three planetary gearsets, three driving clutches, three holding clutches, and an overrunning clutch.
Or you can put all the dropdown things up and seat six people though there are only two shoulder belts in front, there is a lap belt for the center position. At the bottom, the odometer or a trip odometer, or a timer is always shown. Units Affected 62166 At Motor Trend headquarters, where there are always hot hatches and sports cars lurking about, having a big pickup can go one of two ways. This new Ram is an example of how far the science of suspension design and interior soundproofing have advanced in the automotive industry. This 2010 dodge is really reliable; cold starts in Colorado winters, great new interior compared to my 08 dodge, can now track transmission temps, great under load.
We found the 2500 Ram rode a little smoother than the Cummins 3500. The pickup-truck market can be intimidating and a little complicated. Diesels are known for making noise, and the Cummins powerplant is quieter than it has been, but there's no mistaking what it is. If you have never seen a Cummins 6. This could be a good place to store valuables out of the way, where uninformed thieves would not look. The defroster worked slowly, even with a warm engine, but eventually cleared the windshield and side windows.
Opt for a truck with a heated steering wheel, I use it more then the heated seats. It is the customer's sole responsibility to verify the accuracy of the prices with the dealer. No chrome, no five or six speed automatics; no automatic temperature control, but heaters were a popular option. I am a diesel mechanic and a big Ford guy, until Ford gets their diesel motors right I will swallow my pride bu a lower quality truck but a better diesel motor. Under partial throttle, shifting into gears above third was delayed; and the system was likely to kick down under part throttle into fourth and fifth. It took a bit of research in the owner's manual to figure out what the icon meant.
Full payment is due before vehicle delivery. The crew cab offers plenty of space and storage. Think of 40-foot trailers; hauling a backhoe to a construction site; plowing wet, heavy snow; or picking up a couple pallets of bricks or stone. In previous tests with the 6. All sales are finalized at our place of business. The engine has more than enough power and on the open road at 65-70 mph I can easily get 18 mpg stock.